Cuisine: Roy’s

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Roy’s:  A Taste of Hawaii in Chicago

  • Roy’s Restaurant
  • Location: 720 N. State Street
  • Cuisine: Hawaiian Fusion
  • Site:  http://www.roysrestaurant.com/locations/IL/chicago.asp
  • Price: $$$
  • Food: Excellent
  • Atmosphere:  Casual Elegance
  • Service: Great
  • Cocktails: Great
  • Overall Rating:  Great
  • Would I go back?:  Soon.
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The eMail postcard started it all. Who could say no to a 3-course gourmet meal for $25? Not me. Plus, I knew my dinner company would be outstanding.

Roys group photo

Left to Right: Josh, Sunshine, Kiljoong, Sherry, Kristi, Stella, David and Chandra

APPETIZER

Duck Confit Dim Sum with Black Garlic Vinaigrette

This is a delicious dish consisting of three duck-confit dumplings laid atop of an artistic swish of black garlic vinaigrette. This small portion delivers an unexpected amount of umami.  It’s the perfect start to a luxurious meal.

PEI Mussels & Clam Hot Pot with Yuzu Curry Broth

This is a flavorful and abundant serving of mussels.  Sunshine was the only one at the table who ordered this dish and she was still working on it when the main course arrived.  The only thing missing was a dainty mussel fork that would allow her to easily pull the mussels from the shell.

MAIN COURSE

Braised Pork Shank with cabbage, shitake mushrooms, mac & cheese and pork jus

Kristi ordered the pork shank and was definitely surprised by the portion.  It was a big piece of meat for  such a dainty woman.  I didn’t know the dish came with other fixings.  The huge shank blocked most of her plate from view.

Seared Idaho River Trout with Black Radish, Turnips, Carrot, butternut squash and Citrus Mustard Vinaigrette

Most of us ordered the river trout.  It was surprisingly delicious.  The fish was light and flavorful with a  flaky texture.  The skin was crispy and perfectly seasoned, which everyone enjoyed.  We definitely wished for more than the small serving on our plates.

DESSERT

Warm Mango Cobbler

I did not try this dessert but those who did said it was delicious.

Melting Hot Chocolate Soufflé with vanilla ice cream and raspberry sauce

This was the most popular dessert of the evening.   This dessert is called a soufflé but to most it will appear to be a molten chocolate cake.  It was the best I’ve ever had!  Sometimes the center of these desserts can be too hot when the dish arrives at the table.  The Roy’s soufflé was the perfect temperature and the chocolate was the ideal balance of bitter and sweet.  The accompanying vanilla ice cream was a bit disappointing.  I was expecting something more creative but perhaps they did not want to risk a clashing of flavors.  The raspberry sauce was simple as well but all together the flavors were melting chocolate perfection!

DINING IN GOOD COMPANY

Roys - Kiljoon Josh and Sunshine

Roys sunshine

Sunshine – I decided to get a photo where her eyes are actually open. Notice how her name is Sunshine and she’s wearing yellow …nice!

Roys - David and Chandra

David and Chandra. You wouldn’t know it to look at them but they didn’t know each other before that evening. Two peas in a pod they are.

Roys - Kristi and Stella

Kristi and Stella were engaged in conversation all evening. It’s nice to see people connect.

Roys dessert

The delicious molten chocolate souffle with vanilla ice cream and raspberry sauce. Yummmm…

Price symbols indicate the typical cost of a meal (without tax, tip, or alcohol) per person. ¢ … under $20 | $ … $20 to $29 | $$ … $30 to $39 | $$$ … $40 to $49 | $$$$ … $50-plus

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